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Here's my response to you:

I ... appreciate that I inspired you to go to such great lengths, I guess?  But I'm not particularly interested in watching that.

I readily concede that you clearly have far, far more vested in this than I do and will shut up.  And back away slowly.

MS has also gone back to its old policy of spreading FUD.
Psst: that's the same article linked in the OP.

What would be the loss, in absolute terms, of not having to worry about capital for working solutions to these problems?
I don't mean to imply that there would be any particular loss; there just wouldn't be any particular gain either.  Scarcity and competition and all the unpleasantness that entails is inevitable.

Have you seen any examples that suggest someone has managed to do something other than a "texture hack or model replacing" with SSB64?

There are bazillions upon bazillions of fans of this game, after all.  This is one of those cases where if something hasn't been done by now, odds are it's beyond extraordinarily difficult and there probably aren't any tools that are particularly useful.

But if not cancer, how about AIDS or even something more common (but nevertheless large), like post-disaster recovery?
AIDS is exactly like I said: there are different approaches that can be adopted by different people (or groups of people), and inevitably some approaches will work better than others.  And thus, inevitably some decisions will have to be made about which approaches should be tried before others.  And there are many facets of the problem: how to prevent the spread of the disease initially, how to keep someone who isn't infected from getting infected, how to keep someone who is infected from passing the disease on, how to mitigate the disease after infection, how to detect the disease early on, and so on.  This is easily deconstructed.

I can't even begin to see how you you could regard "post-disaster recovery" as a major problem that can't be solved by breaking it down.

Much of which can't be used entirely as a result of the patent system, ironically enough.
Patent protection only stops someone from making, using, or selling the invention specifically covered by the patent.  It doesn't stop someone from using the knowledge therein.

General Discussion / Re: David Bowie has died
« on: January 11, 2016, 09:37:37 am »
I didn't even know he was sick.  But then, I don't really know anything about what he's done lately, aside from his brief appearance in The Prestige.

I'd be inclined to agree that when your your marketing people start openly suggesting they need to "threaten" people, something has gone seriously wrong with HR or the corporate atmosphere as a whole.  However, the article has already been updated:
Edit: thanks to reader Larry Seltzer who pointed out Capossela said “right balance” not “right threat balance”. My stance remains the same with regards to the loss of any kind of ‘right balance’ in the routes Microsoft has taken with Windows 10 upgrades so far and the misinformation Capossela openly spreads in his interview, but it is important to note this misquote.
Reckon no one at MS is going to be talking to Forbes again anytime soon.

Reportedly http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/ has a handy utility for squashing any Windows 10 update reminders.  I'm not much bothered by them myself.  I'm also happy with Windows 7 and see no particular reason to invite complications by upgrading.

MS survived that Windows Genuine Advantage mess; this isn't going to stop them.

Does Windows10 still support command line programs and/or 16-bit programs? There is one I use regularly and it was the reason I couldn't switch to a 64-bit system.
Interesting question.  It's definitely still possible in 32-bit Windows 8, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer about Windows 10.

In preparation for that time, you may want to look into Lubuntu. From one Windows 7 lover to another: it's a perfectly good operating system.

However, it takes ages to set up to be the way you want it if, say, you are switching over from Windows. However, with that said, it is very much worth the effort.
I reckon it's quite likely that after expending that effort, the developers will promptly start making subtle changes that will start breaking things you like and require you to spend increasing amounts of time on the support forums and suchlike as you attempt to counteract these subtle changes and the associated compatibility problems that start spiraling up from said attempts.

Does that not inevitably involve breaking down that problem into smaller problems, or assigning different approaches to different people (or groups of people), wherein some approaches will work better than others?
Depends on the problem, but if we are talking major problems, very few can be solved by breaking them down.  They are big problems by nature of their inability to be easily deconstructed.
This is getting way too abstract.  Perhaps you have a concrete example of a "major problem" that utterly defies deconstruction?  Because I can't see it.

Like curing cancer, for instance.  It is fallacious to state that people are looking for a singular cure for cancer, as there are many different kinds of cancer which act in different ways and have to be addressed by different means.

Presumably?  The same group that's doing it already (and largely for free), the internet.  In reality, not really a question that could be answered until it occurred.
But there is already an immense amount of information floating around for free on the Internet.  Companies are already obliged to share their knowledge because of the patent system, for instance.

Newcomer's Board / Re: How do I set up a microphone with Desmume?
« on: January 10, 2016, 01:39:47 pm »
Does your microphone work in other Windows applications?  If so, have you tried other games?  (I think Looney Tunes: Duck Amuck has a handy mic check in its options.)

Solving most large problems today is not a matter of how much money we throw at it.  Throwing money at problems has thus far typically just led to higher levels of individualism and less group work.  Most modern problems are not solved by individuals anymore, but by many people working on a problem together.
Does that not inevitably involve breaking down that problem into smaller problems, or assigning different approaches to different people (or groups of people), wherein some approaches will work better than others?

Capitalism promotes the individual at the expense of the group, thus slowing progress on big problems that could have likely been solved already were, in many cases, companies simply willing to share their knowledge with other companies (i.e., groups helping groups).
But even if companies were willing to share their knowledge with other companies, who would pick up the task of disseminating and organizing that body of knowledge?

Newcomer's Board / Re: Can I hack with this program?
« on: January 09, 2016, 07:47:58 pm »
If all else fails, you can set up a virtual machine using VMware Player and run all your romhacking programs there.  It is pretty much impossible for a program running in a virtual machine to "crash" your computer.

But indeed, it would be to everyone's benefit if you explained in detail the problem you encountered.  If there is a rom-hack program that is making computers crash, don't you think people should be warned not to use that program?

The heart of the matter here is that capitalism is no longer helpful in solving modern problems.  If anything, it's continuing to exacerbate them.

It's a (not so simple) matter of society moving on from money.
I'm not sure how that applies to this in particular?  Resources (most of them, at least) will always be scarce and it will never be possible to research every idea that everyone comes up with, so there will always have be be decisions made about where the grant money goes.

Newcomer's Board / Re: Can I hack with this program?
« on: January 08, 2016, 11:22:45 pm »
As explained in your previous thread, hacking on a phone or tablet would be difficult and rather pointless.  I can't imagine why anyone would want to do that.  You would be far better off spending $20 on some ten-year-old laptop or desktop.

Does your local McDonalds not have a StreetPass relay?  Home Depot and Best Buy should still work too.  The general procedure is to stand outside, connect to "McDonalds Free WiFi" or "attwifi" in System Settings, start up the browser to make sure the connection is active, and then close the browser and put the 3DS in Sleep mode.  After about a minute you should get the StreetPass data of people who have passed by recently.  (Best Buy doesn't have free wifi; there it just seems to kind of magically work on its own.)  Of course, if there's no one around with a 3DS who also has Animal Crossing set up for StreetPass, that won't help.

There's actually a pretty nice public group of 3DS players around here that gathers regularly.  Unfortunately they all moved on from Animal Crossing by the time I started playing.  :-\  By "larger community" I was thinking that there are undoubtedly Internet message boards out there where people are exchanging friend codes willy-nilly and regularly helping each other to maximize their turnip trading.

I haven't tried it myself, but I understand any turnips you have on hand instantly rot if you roll back the clock (Joan mentions that they are sensitive to time distortions, or something along those lines) and you can't sell turnips on Sunday.  So, there's no real way to cheat that way; it's strictly a matter of not having to accommodate Joan's schedule.

I haven't bothered with turnips in a while anyway – too much bookkeeping, plus I don't like having to find somewhere to store them.  It would make a lot more sense if I had access to a larger community where every week I could reliably expect someone's town to be buying turnips at a high price, but I can't be bothered to track something like that down either.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Super Mario Bros. through the Minus world
« on: January 08, 2016, 07:45:48 pm »
It would probably be useful if you said what you changed to make this happen.

1-2 as an overworld level is downright trippy.

But then you have to sacrifice the extra-bells ordinance.

I'm not above messing with the game clock, but only on very rare occasions – there is a certain point past which I will not allow my life to be dictated by a game.  Most recently I bumped the clock ahead an hour or so because I wanted to see the New Year's Countdown, and didn't want to be staring at the screen when the real countdown was actually happening.  Or there have been a few times when I've set the clock back on Sunday afternoons because I wanted to sleep in but also wanted to buy turnips.

General Discussion / Re: Politicians playing hardball
« on: January 08, 2016, 07:26:34 pm »
I don't like politics because it's all just a big war between two equally stupid sides. You have a bunch of people who want to keep everything chained in place, and then you have a bunch of people who want to modify everything. They duke it out endlessly, and they never give it a rest.
"The whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent mistakes from being corrected." -G.K. Chesterton, 1924.

They are indeed nearly unanimous, but the scientific community has been nearly unanimous many times in the past and been wrong.  Simple consensus is not convincing enough to me.
Is there a particular example that leads you to this conclusion?

This is what I contend happens with government grants.  As I mentioned earlier, many calls for proposals mandate the inclusion of a climate change angle to the research.  Beyond that, if there is no problem to be solved, then the grant money stops flowing.  As sad as it is, scientists are not immune from political and economic pressure.
But then we're back to the same question as before.  If all this grant money is being squandered on unsupported theory, where does it end?  Who can be trusted to get anything done?

Newcomer's Board / Re: New to Hacking and Having Trouble
« on: January 08, 2016, 07:03:03 pm »
Or you can just look at my reply to your original post, where I suggested to search the board.

I don't see how any of this could be more than a theory.
Sure, but you haven't spent year after year studying geology, environmental science, or anything else of that nature.  And neither have I.  Don't you think it's likely that people who have devoted significant fractions of their lives to such study can be trusted to properly evaluate the facts?  And if not, at what point exactly would you trust those in a position of authority?  Isn't it likely that someone somewhere along the line is telling the truth, and it's not an extraordinary elaborate web of lies that people have done a scrupulously good job of keeping secret?

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